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|Oakland County Executive David Coulter wants to hear from residents about their top priorities for the new year. His administration has released the Oakland County Government’s Citizen Survey 2020 which asks residents to rank what is important to them in terms of jobs and the economy, public health, neighborhoods and housing, roads and transportation, and more.
Please share and encourage your neighbors to take advantage of this opportunity to speak directly to the Oakland County Executive before January 10!
Join Your Friends For The 13th Annual Fire & Ice Festival
Rochester, Michigan ¬ The Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester will be the inaugural event to commemorate Oakland County’s bicentennial year, County Executive David Coulter announced today. The fireworks pre-show will honor Oakland County’s 200 years and the event stage will have a bicentennial ice sculpture.
“We can’t think of a better way to kick off celebrating Oakland County’s 200th year than with the Fire & Ice Festival in Downtown Rochester,” Coulter said. “We welcome everyone to attend our free winter festival to take part in the winter fun.”
Oakland County’s actual 200th birthday is March 28. A birthday celebration is in the planning stages as well as other events throughout the year. Stay tuned to oakgov.com/bicentennial for additional details as they emerge.
The Fire & Ice Festival is set for January 17-19 and is among the premier winter events in Michigan. There is no charge for any of the winter activities.
Activities include dog sled rides, a tube sledding hill, ice skating, snow shoeing, cross-country skiing, ice carvings, face painting, marshmallow roasting, food trucks and a taste fest/beer tent. For detailed event schedules and more information, go to OakGov.com/FireAndIce or Facebook.com/FireAndIceRochester.
Returning this year is a collegiate ice carving competition, which begins Saturday morning. Oakland Community College and Macomb Community College are among those expected to compete in the competition, which is sponsored by Consumers Energy.
The Big, Bright Light Show illuminates downtown Rochester each night in a glorious rainbow of colors.
A spectacular firework display lights up the sky Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and the seventh running of The Brooksie Way “Chill at the Mills” 5k race happens Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Registration is available at thebrooksieway.com. The race typically attracts more than 700 participants.
The Rochester Fire Department spaghetti dinners on Friday and Saturday night and a pancake breakfast Sunday morning to support Rochester Area Youth Assistance;
Oakland County Animal Shelter and Pet Adoption Center’s tent where festival goers may adopt dogs or renew or purchase dog licenses.
The Fire & Ice Festival runs from 5 – 9 p.m. Friday, January 17; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, January 18; and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, January 19. The fireworks are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The festival site is at East Second and Mill streets in downtown Rochester. Parking is available at Buffalo Wild Wings at 1234 Walton in Rochester. There will be a free shuttle running between the restaurant and the festival.
County Executive Dave Coulter, the Fire & Ice Festival Committee, Oakland County, Oakland County Parks and Recreation, the city of Rochester and Downtown Rochester thank this year’s presenting sponsor Vibe Credit Union; fireworks sponsors Hour Media and Soave Enterprises; major sponsors Rochester Mills Beer Co., Russ Shelton Buick GMC, and Consumers Energy; and supporting sponsors Buffalo Wild Wings, Byers Wrecker Service, Heat Treating Services Corporation of America, Premier Pet Supply, Renewal by Andersen and Rock Solid Exteriors.
For media inquiries only, please contact Bill Mullan, Oakland County media and communications officer, at 248-858-1048.
From the MHSAA. This Week In High School Sports reports on high school sports stories around the sate of Michigan.
In today’s edition, we announce our latest “Performance of the Week” and “Team of the Month” – both from girls basketball – and also feature a girls hoops “family” taking advantage of longtime connections during a successful run. We feature a wrestling champion looking to repeat and announce a national honor for one of Michigan’s most highly-regarded tennis coaches.
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AROUND THE STATE
The 5-foot-8 senior guard scored a school-record 41 points during a 58-39 win over Marcellus on Jan. 7, breaking her previous single-game school record of 38 points scored as a sophomore to earn the MHSAA “Performance of the Week.” West also became her school’s all-time leading scorer Dec. 17 against Bangor, breaking her coach Brooke McClure’s career points record of 1,224, and West is since up to 1,308 after eight games this winter.
Every team refers to itself as a family in athletics. But the Byron girls basketball team takes that concept to a new level. There are two sets of sisters, a set of cousins, and three of the four coaches on the team coach their own daughters. But, assistant coach Brandy Forgie said, there’s more than that. “The family aspect doesn’t just come from being blood-related,” she said. “We’re all from Byron, born and raised, all but one of us as coaches, too.”
Chris Lilly could have plenty of thoughts racing through his mind as he goes through his senior wrestling season at Croswell-Lexington. It’s his final year wrestling for his dad, Cros-Lex coach Joe Lilly, who has been in his corner since he began wrestling at 7 years old. It could be his final year wrestling competitively period, as he’s not sure he’ll continue with the sport in college.
Longtime Armada tennis coach David Fredette has been named one of 23 National Coaches of the Year for 2018-19 by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NHFS) Coaches Association. Fredette was selected first at the state level and then from among the eight sections that make up the NFHS – Michigan is part of Section 4 with Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Wisconsin.
This season isn’t half over for the Hartland girls basketball team. And as impressive as they’ve performed over the first six weeks, there are lessons from the last few seasons they must continue to recall with expectations high this winter. Take last week’s 50-40 win over Plymouth. The Eagles trailed early 14-1 – reinforcing coach Don Palmer’s message that every opponent is aiming to bring its best against a Hartland team with championship aspirations.
The Winter sports season is in full swing on MHSAA.tv and the NFHS Network. For the second straight week, more than 600 high school sporting events will have live streaming video. Here’s the complete schedule of varsity events on MHSAA.tv – more than 300 events on this week’s schedule will be competed at the Junior High/Middle School, Freshman, or Junior Varsity levels and are not shown. Visit MHSAA.tv to look for all upcoming games.
This week, MHSAA officials coordinator Sam Davis discusses an addition this winter to the tie-breaker criteria for dual wrestling meets. Be The Referee is a series of short messages designed to help educate people on the rules of different sports, to help them better understand the art of officiating, and to recruit officials.
This week’s show highlights work to promote and protect youth football, awards Game Balls to Pickford basketball’s Darcy Bennin and Cadillac basketball’s Levi Klotz, explains an addition to the wrestling tie-breaker criteria and discusses the importance of amateurism and commitment to educational athletics.
Upcoming MHSAA Tournament Schedule
Boys Swimming & Diving (UP) · Finals: Feb. 15
Boys Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Girls Skiing · Finals: Feb. 24
Team Wrestling · Finals: Feb. 28-29
Girls Competitive Cheer · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Girls Bowling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Individual Wrestling · Finals: Mar. 6-7
Boys Swimming & Diving (LP) · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Girls Gymnastics · Finals: Mar. 13-14
Ice Hockey · Finals: Mar. 14
Girls Basketball · Finals: Mar. 21
Boys Basketball · Finals: Mar. 28
Girls Basketball · Freeland vs. Frankenmuth, 6:00 p.m.
Girls Basketball · Brighton vs. Howell, 6:45 p.m.
Boys Ice Hockey · Detroit Catholic Central vs. Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood, 7:15 p.m.
Boys Basketball · Fenton v. Linden, 7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball · Grand Rapids NorthPointe Christian vs. Grand Rapids Covenant Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball · Wyoming vs. Grand Rapids Christian, 7:30 p.m.
Girls Basketball · Howell vs. Midland, 5:00 p.m.
Click here for a schedule of available student broadcast video streams.
The 2020 New Year’s Resolution Run 5K was a huge success. See highlights from the event.
Whitmer Administration Reviewing Possible Criminal Charges Against “Green Ooze” Polluter, Directs EGLE to Toughen Pollution Inspection and Enforcement Procedures
LANSING, Mich.- Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued the following statement on actions her administration is taking to clean up the “green ooze” pollution in Oakland County, to hold the polluter accountable, and to strengthen pollution inspection and enforcement procedures at the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy to prevent future contamination:
“Since taking office, I’ve remained committed to protecting public health and safety. The ongoing situation in Madison Heights is very concerning, and further stresses the need to enforce protections that keep Michiganders safe. State experts are on location assisting in the ongoing clean-up efforts.
I’m grateful for their vigilant efforts during this holiday season.
“My administration is actively reviewing all means of accountability, including further criminal charges against the polluter who caused this mess. Today I also directed EGLE to conduct a formal review of its pollution inspection procedures to strengthen enforcement and accountability.
“This situation demonstrates the need for broad reforms to address problems of critical underfunding and understaffing at the department following eight years of one-party control in Lansing. It’s time for Republicans in the legislature to ensure EGLE has the technology and resources it needs to keep the public safe. They should also pass ‘Polluter Pay’ legislation championed by Democrats in the Legislature that will force polluters to clean up the mess they make. Working with federal and local partners, my administration will stay focused on cleaning up contaminated sites sooner, addressing root causes, and holding polluters accountable.”
Orion Neighborhood Television, Orion’s community access television station, would like to thank all of the participants who took part in the sixth annual Wildwood Film Festival held on Oct. 30.
A sellout crowd arrived at the Oxford 7 theater for the screening of nine short films produced by Lake Orion area filmmakers. Adult division winners include: first place, “Witched” produced by Mindy Denninger, second place, “Wildcat Gold” produced by Charlie Fracker and third place, “Sacrifice” produced by Vincent Martocci. “Rock Collectors 2” produced by Nathaniel Jernberg-Johnson took first place in the youth division, and The People’s Choice Award went to “Akuryo” produced by Clayton Willis, Bryce Darrin and Dane Von Allmen. The ONTV staff was proud to present the Lake Orion High School S.O.S. suicide prevention program with a $217 donation.
Ian Locke, ONTV Executive Director stated, “This special event really showcases how many talented filmmakers we have in Lake Orion and the surrounding area. This year we had a lot of comedy which makes for a really fun night. We’ve been doing the film festival for six years and we’re glad we can continue to provide this opportunity to the community while supporting the High School’s S.O.S program.”
ONTV would also like to thank its sponsors for adding to the success of this year’s festival: 20 Front Street, Orion Oaks Dental and FlipSpot Gymnastics and Cheer. Filmmakers were given the challenge of producing a 10 minute film in five days. Each group was given a prop, location and a line of dialog which they had to use in their film. The producers worked in groups with production equipment supplied by Orion Neighborhood Television.
Orion Neighborhood Television is an award winning community access television station serving the Village of Lake Orion and Orion Township. ONTV is housed at the Orion Center at 1349 Joslyn Rd. ONTV can be seen on Comcast Cable and AT&T U-Verse Channel 99. Programs can also be seen on-demand at www.orionontv.org. Contact ONTV by phone: 248-393-1060, Email: ONTV@orionontv.org.